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Over the last 170 years, Leeds Arts University has contributed significantly to the development of art education in Britain, having pioneered new ways to teach and to structure qualifications.

In 1846, the Leeds Mechanics’ Institute (which offered drawing classes) merged with the Literary Institute, creating Leeds School of Art. In 1903, it moved to the present Vernon Street building, whose radical design reflected the clean lines of the Art & Craft movement.

Following the world wars, ex-service personnel resuming their education filled the College almost to bursting. Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth (enrolling in 1919 and 1920, respectively) were students of this era.

In the late 1920s the art school became known as Leeds College of Art and by 1946, no less than fifteen past students had been appointed as principals of schools of art. As our reputation grew, new design departments were formed, including furniture, graphic design and printmaking. A new pottery and workshops were built, and in 1959 a new library was created.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, there was a reappraisal of art education in Britain, largely based on ideas developed at Leeds, where a large team of practising artists set up the Basic Design Course. Students were now encouraged to adopt a scientific approach, enabling them to develop a capacity for constructive criticism and understanding.

Around that time, the University of Leeds’ new Gregory Fellowship brought many practising artists to Leeds, many of whom came to help out at the College.

In 1960, we began to run courses which encouraged an open-ended, creative and flexible approach, leading to a new system of art education at Leeds and, subsequently, nationwide.

In the mid-1980s our Blenheim Walk building was erected.

In 2017 we gained University status becoming Leeds Arts University, becoming the only specialist arts university in the North of England.

New construction and development continues to this day for the benefit of all our students.

Find more about our amazing alumni here and our 170th birthday!

Leeds Arts University is one of only a few independent art schools in the UK, recently granted University status and such illustrious alumni as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Marcus Harvey, Damien Hirst, Danny Sangra and Omar Kashoura.


UCA’s high-profile graduates have enriched the world with their creative talents as Oscar-winning film makers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees. A top 25 UK university with more than 6,000 students studying over 110 creative courses across four 100% creative campuses.

Over the past year, we have received recognition and awards which offer strong evidence that we’re now one of the top creative universities in the UK:

  • We are the highest placed creative university, the second highest modern university and are in the top 25 of all UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • The Guardian also placed us in the top 10 for our Architecture, Fashion & Textiles and Film Production & Photography courses for 2018.
  • We are ranked the top specialist university for the creative industries by the Complete University Guide 2018.
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 places us in the top 15 for teaching quality.
  • We have been named as one of the top 30 best-performing universities across all three of the UK’s major league tables, after entering the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Table of Tables for the first time. We are also the only specialist creative arts university to be featured in the table.
  • We were praised for our achievements at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) 2017, with three student collections named among the ‘Best of GFW’, and Rochester graduate Yingi Goma winning the People’s Choice Award.
  • Our Students’ Union, UCASU, was named the best specialist Students’ Union in the country at the 2016 National Union of Students (NUS) Awards.
  • UCASU was also named HE Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Disabled Students Awards 2017.
  • The latest Research Exercise Framework (REF 2014) confirms our position as one of the top ten research communities in art and design, with 93% of our research designated as internationally recognised for quality, and 64% of our research submissions classed as world leading and internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and thoroughness.


The University of Huddersfield is a growing centre of research and excellence and we always push the boundaries of knowledge.

  • We are proud to have been recognised as a gold-rated university by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017).
  • Our academic staff are continually rated as providing high quality teaching in an exciting and stimulating environment. Infact, Huddersfield is first in England for professionally qualified teaching staff (HEFCE Dec 2016).
  • The UK’s leading university for the receipt of National Teaching Fellowships to mark Britain’s best lecturers in Higher Education for the past ten years.
  • We’ve world-leading applied research groups in biomedical sciences, engineering and physical sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities.
  • The University of Huddersfield became the Times Higher Education University of the Year in November 2013. Judges highlighted the University’s outstanding record for student satisfaction and employability with the University placed in the top ten in the country in both categories. We asked our staff and students why they thought the University of Huddersfield won the University of the Year award. Here’s what they said.

Recognised as a gold-rated University by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  With academic staff continually rated as providing high quality teaching in an exciting and stimulating environment. Infact, Huddersfield is first in England for professionally qualified teaching staff (HEFCE Dec 2016).

The UK’s leading university for the receipt of National Teaching Fellowships to mark Britain’s best lecturers in Higher Education for the past nine years.


Falmouth University is a specialist University for the creative industries based in Falmouth and Penryn, Cornwall, England. Founded as the Falmouth School of Art in 1902, it has previously been known as Falmouth College of Art and Design and then Falmouth College of Arts before it received degree-awarding powers, and the right to use the title “University College”, in March 2005.[3] In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts adding a range of Performance courses to its portfolio. On 27 November 2012, a communication was released to the staff and students and local press that ‘University College Falmouth is to be granted full university status in a move that will further its ambition to become one of the top five arts universities in the world. On 9 December 2012, the University College was officially granted full university status by the Privy Council.

The university is located in Penryn and Falmouth. Penryn Campus, near the town of Penryn, is the larger of its two campuses, which it operates in partnership with the University of Exeter.



Park, a four-year, private, nonprofit, liberal arts institution has helped students break barriers to education since 1875. Our motto, fides et labor (Latin for “faith and work”) is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century. A Park University education is an opportunity to find faith in yourself — by discovering your potential and working to realize it.

Park University’s passion is helping you reach your goals. Classes are small and engaging, and our professors not only know their students by name, but personally prepare them for successful careers. The flagship Parkville, Mo., campus offers a range of academic programs, international culture, athletics and a traditional university experience. But Park Pirates are everywhere. More than 16,500 students worldwide pursue their Park education at one of our 41 campuses in the U.S. or online around the globe. State-of-the-art technology such as Pirate Patch offer face time with instructors and fellow classmates, no matter where you’re studying.


The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn.

ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.


ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.

ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.


Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

At the heart of ACBSP is the vision to accredit every quality business program worldwide. That vision attracts and unites an extraordinary group of people dedicated to improving the quality of business schools and programs around the world and ultimately improving the practice of business in every industry and country around the world.

ACBSP offers programs, services, and an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student outcomes. And because they believe their success is driven by the success of their members, they align those programs and the accreditation process to meet the individual needs of each member.

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Beijing Foreign Studies University, or BFSU, is a prestigious university in China under the direct leadership of the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is one of China’s top universities listed under the Project 985 and Project 211, both comprising top universities in China. At present, BFSU is one of China’s oldest language universities,teaching the biggest number of languages and offering education at different levels. Located in the Haidian District of Beijing,BFSU is divided into two campuses – the West Campus and the East Campus.

In 1941, BFSU started as the Russian Language Team in the Third Branch of Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese Military and Political College. It was later renamed as Yan’an Foreign Languages School under the direct leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the school was put under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was renamed as Beijing Foreign Languages Institute in 1954 and merged with Beijing Russian Institute in 1959. Since 1980, the Institute was put under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Education. In 1994, it took on its current name Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). Today, BFSU teaches 98 foreign languages and offers education programs at different levels, including doctoral programs in foreign languages and literature, Chinese language and literature, journalism and communication, political science, law, management science and engineering, etc.

In more than 70 years, over 90 000 people have graduated from BFSU. BFSU now serves as an important education base for qualified professionals with language competence who, after graduation, work as diplomats, translators/interpreters, businessmen, journalists, lawyers, bankers, etc. For example, among BFSU alumni who work or have worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we have over 400 ambassadors and over 1 000 counselors. BFSU is thus known as the “Cradle of Diplomats”.


Michael Yu, CEO and Founder of New Oriental, believed in international education. With that belief, he had a vision in the early 1990s for Chinese students to “be part of the world” and enrich their lives. New Oriental was then founded in 1993 to provide language training and to help prospective students who desired to study overseas.


The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body which champions teaching excellence.  We work with governments, ministries, universities and individual academics in the UK, and around the globe. We provide value to the HE sector by focusing on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience.

  • Progressive – We recognise that improvement is continuous. We are curious, restless, committed pursuers of positive change
  • Agile – We are focused, intuitive and flexible in our service
  • Collaborative – We work in partnership to achieve shared goals
  • Trusted – We are relentless in our drive to generate trust through our credibility, knowledge and expertise.


Our Huddersfield office is based at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, the purpose-built centre in Huddersfield facilitates business growth, encourages business to academia collaboration and actively promotes innovation.


The China-Britain Business Council helps British and Chinese businesses and organisations work together in China, the UK and third markets around the world. With 60 years of experience and experts across the UK and China, we work in a strategic partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in China to deliver streamlined services to our joint members.


In 1962 a group of designers and art directors come together to celebrate creative communication and raise standards within their industry.

Amongst the group are David Bailey, Terence Donovan and Alan Fletcher. Calling themselves British Design & Art Direction, the following year they organise their first Awards event. And they are picky. From 2,500 entries they select just 16 pieces of work to receive the soon-to-be coveted Yellow Pencil; the first of its kind.

Today, British Design & Art Direction has grown mightily, but slimmed down its name. Now D&AD, its members represent the creative, design and advertising communities, not just in Britain, but worldwide.


CollabHub is a social enterprise for students across the university to meet each other and create multi-disciple teams. It was developed to foster confidence for collaborative practice, to help students build future networks and possible professional relationships.